John Mayer dropped his ruminating new single and lyric video for “I Guess I Just Feel Like” today (Feb. 22). The song marks Mayer’s first official release of new music since “New Light” in 2018.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter previewed “I Guess I Just Feel Like” at an intimate live show at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California a couple of weeks after his 41st birthday last year. He announced the date for the official single release two days ago, on Feb. 20.
Mayer takes an honest, introspective look at the current chaotic state of the world in the song and seems to be searching for the truth. In the opening lines he sings “I guess I just feel like/I guess I just feel like/Nobody’s honest, nobody’s true/Everyone’s lying, to make it on through/I guess I just feel like/I’m the same way too.”
The track features plenty of Mayer’s sweet, bluesy guitar pining, and delivers a country vibe, akin to his Born and Raised material. Last October, Mayer thanked his Burbank audience for listening to the song noting “There’s nothing hit-like about it.” However, he seemed compelled to get the message out adding, “Sometimes you’ve just got to tell the truth with a guitar.”
John Mayer’s rich song catalog is filled with introspective songs from his breakout hit “No Such Thing” and tracks like “My Stupid Mouth” on his 2001 debut album Room For Squares to his candid contemplation of aging on “Stop This Train” from his 2006 album Continuum. The lyrical reality check he makes in his latest single is arguably similar to the message he sends in his anthemic call for peace in his 2006 single “Waiting on the World to Change.”
Mayer, who is seldom shy about expressing how he feels, ultimately expresses optimism for the future with “I Guess I Just Feel Like.” Although things look dark and grim, he tells us he's not ready to give up hope for better days ahead.
The new track follows Mayer’s raw and vulnerable seventh studio album, The Search for Everything. The deeply personal record was preceded by two separate EPs, The Search for Everything: Wave One and The Search for Everything: Wave Two, back in 2017. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and topped Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.
Listen to “I Guess I Just Feel Like” in the lyric video above and stay tuned to AXS for John Mayer updates.